As Jeremy Clarkson may have uttered back in the pre-Steakrage glory days of Top Gear, this is the biggest carbon fibre wheel…in the world. After years of development with one of the world’s leading composite suppliers, Bentley has unveiled a new carbon fibre wheel developed specifically for the Bentayga. The 22-inch carbon wheel, engineered with renowned specialists Bucci Composites, is to be the largest carbon wheel in production globally and offers a vast range of benefits beyond the initial 6-kilogramme improvement in unsprung mass per wheel.
Good news for motorists who long for a set of carbon fibre reinforced polymer (CFRP) rims but whose budgets don’t stretch to a Porsche 911 Turbo S. As of next year, thyssenkrupp Carbon Components will begin offering carbon wheels for aftermarket customers. It previewed the upcoming range at last month’s Essen Motor Show.
Carbon Revolution’s range of one-piece carbon fibre wheels, the CR-9, has been launched onto the European aftermarket. The manufacturer anticipates that its luxury product line, which is lightweight, attractively designed with premium build quality, will entice ultra-high performance vehicle owners at the top end of the market. The wheel’s marketplace positioning is obvious from the CR-9’s pricepoint; prices start around £15,000 for a full set.